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Harden, Weinapple win mixed doubles title
Former Bulldog also competes in singles event
Ceres McKenzy Harden, right, and Modestos Matt Weinapple pose for a picture with Brenda Athletic Clubs Head Pro Mark Fairchilds following their first-place finish in the mixed doubles tournament at the 51st Modesto Open on Sunday. - photo by Contributed to the Courier

Ceres High junior standout Julio Ochoa, and former Bulldog stars Luis Ochoa and McKenzy Harden were among the players in the field at the 51st Annual Modesto Open this past week at Modesto Fitness & Racquet Club.

McKenzy, a senior at Cal State Stanislaus, competed in the Women's Open Singles and Mixed Doubles tournaments.

Harden and doubles partner Matt Weinapple (Modesto) won both of their matches en route to a first-place finish.

"That's like my home club," McKenzy said. "It was nice to make it to the finals and have everyone cheering for us. I had a lot of fun."

McKenzy and Matt defeated Modesto's Lorel Rodriguez and Lodi's Jacob Neal 6-3, 6-3 for the championship on Sunday.

Harden and Weinapple posted a 7-5, 6-3 victory over Modesto's Jessica Stokes and Turlock's Michael Davis in the semifinals on Saturday.

"It's exciting," McKenzy said. "I didn't think we'd make it that far. We stayed focused and did what we had to do to win."

Harden posted a 1-1 record on her way to a top-four finish in singles play.

McKenzy beat Turlock's Mallorie Nordahl 6-0, 6-1 in the quarterfinals.

Harden lost 6-0, 6-1 to second-seeded Ane McPike of Santa Maria in the semifinals. McPike plays college tennis for Cal Poly.

"She's a good player," Harden said. "I definitely could have played better. I didn't win the big points when it mattered."

Julio Ochoa lost 7-5, 6-0 to ninth-seeded Senthil Chidambaram of Sunnyvale in the opening round of the Men's Open Singles tournament.

Julio and older brother Luis, a 2010 Ceres High grad, finished in the top 16 in the Men's Open Doubles tourney.

Julio and Luis lost 6-4, 6-4 to the third-seeded tandem of Nathan Oppenheim (Sebastopol) and Brandon Sutter (El Dorado Hills).